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Biology

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

including Biology and a second science. Human Biology is acceptable instead of Biology. Second science from Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, or Psychology.

Access to HE Diploma

D:39,M:6,P:0

60 credits overall with 45 at level 4 including 39 credits at Distinctions to include Biology and a second science, and 6 credits at Merit. Applicants are considered individually.

Extended Project

B

plus grades ABB including Biology and a second science. Human Biology is acceptable instead of Biology. Second science from Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, or Psychology.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English at Grade C or grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics at grade C or grade 4 required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

with 6, 5 in Higher Level Biology and a second Science

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2,H2,H3

including Biology and a second science. Human Biology is acceptable instead of Biology. Second science from Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, or Psychology.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

in Applied Science (with Distinctions in all Biology Units. If Biology not offered at A level) plus A in an A level Science

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD-D*DD

(RQF) D*DD in Applied Science with Distinctions in all Biology Units (QCF) DDD in Applied Science (with Distinctions in all Biology Units if not offer at A level) plus A in an A Level Science

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,B,B

including a science in Scottish Highers plus grade B in Biology at Scottish Advanced Higher

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A

plus grades AA including Biology and a second science. Human Biology is acceptable instead of Biology. Second science from Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, or Psychology.

UCAS Tariff

136-153

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Biology

Our BSc Biology course covers the full breadth of biological sciences. You’ll learn about how cells and genes work, how organisms age, how populations evolve, and how organisms and ecosystems function. You'll also discover how we can work towards solving pressing global challenges including antibiotic resistance, ageing, biodiversity, sustainability and climate change. And our course comes with lots of options. You might add an extra year of research experience with an integrated masters, spend a year abroad, or gain valuable work experience as a recognised part of your degree by spending a year on placement.

All of our students study an essential set of core modules designed to give you the skills that every professional biologist needs. Alongside these you'll have the opportunity to study optional modules that span zoology, ecology and conservation biology, and plant sciences. You can mix and match these modules, covering genetics, structure, function, evolution, behaviour and ecology of all organisms, underpinned by the latest research discoveries from our experts across DNA, evolution, biodiversity and beyond.

In your first year you’ll spend your first week on a field course in Sheffield, collecting and analysing data throughout the city’s green spaces and out to the edge of the Peak District. Throughout the year you’ll develop practical skills in the lab, including microscopy and genetics, complemented by regular field trips to zoos, aquariums and nature reserves. You’ll also have lectures and take part in small group tutorials where you’ll enhance your writing, data analysis and presentation skills as you learn about the latest research findings from our world-leading academics.

In your second year, your modules will cover more advanced scientific topics and techniques across the breadth of biology. Some students choose to take our science communication module ‘Talking the Talk: Getting Science on Film’ where you’ll get the chance to make your own factual science documentaries, with support and advice from professional filmmakers. All of our biology students receive training in modern data analysis techniques and get the opportunity to go on an optional two-week long field course between second and third year, giving you the chance to design and carry out your own research and develop an understanding of the ecology and biodiversity of different habitats across the globe.

In your third year you'll complete a research project and dissertation in an area of biology that interests you alongside your chosen specialist modules. Conducted under the supervision of one of our world experts, you'll work in a small group to define questions, develop experimental protocols, conduct the research, analyse the data and ultimately produce a written report in the form of a scientific publication.

The demand for skilled biologists has expanded in recent years within industry, research, education and beyond. Our graduates go into careers across conservation, research, marketing, human resources, science communication and teaching, using their sought after transferrable skills in data analysis, project management and teamwork to thrive in a range of organisations. Each year our graduates join conservation and environmental consultancies, wildlife trusts, museums, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and local, national and international government. Many also go on to do PhDs.

If you want to study biology, but don't meet the entry requirements to go straight into the first year, our Biosciences with Foundation Year could be for you. After successfully completing the one-year programme, you'll progress onto the first year of your chosen degree.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
International
£24,450
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The University of Sheffield Bursary is available to home students who have a household income of £40,000 or less. You may also be eligible for an additional £250 per year depending on your postcode and grades. We use the details you submit to Student Finance and UCAS to assess your eligibility for a bursary. You don’t need to apply; if you’re eligible you’ll receive an award for each year of your course. If you're a care leaver, care for an ill or disabled family member or are estranged from your parents or guardian you may be eligible for an enhanced bursary of £4,500 per year. The University also offers a number of scholarships to help you fund your studies and enhance your learning experience. Use our Student Funding Calculator to check what funding your could be eligible for - www.sheffield.ac.uk/funding/calculator. Further information - www.sheffield.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-funding

The Uni


Course location:

University of Sheffield

Department:

Animal and Plant Sciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

86%
med
Biology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
96%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

91%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
98%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
44%
Male students
56%
Female students
99%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
48%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Other elementary services occupations
14%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
9%
Natural and social science professionals

The recession was tough on biology graduates, and although the jobs market has improved for them - a lot - it's still not back to where it was a few years ago. If you want a career in biology research — and a lot of biology students do - you'll need to take a doctorate, so give some thought as to where you might do it and how you might fund it (the government still funds doctorates for good students). A lot of graduates also take 1 year Masters courses to specialise in this wide and deep subject - most students take a standard biology course for their first degree and then specialise in subjects like ecology, conservation or marine biology later. Hospitals, universities, biotech firms, zoos and nature reserves and clinical and scientific testing are common industries of employment for biology graduates.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Biosciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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